Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
With Vinnie making his mu...
Same here, forgotten abou...
Both albums are really go...
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
You must login to post a message.

23-01-2018 19:27
R.I.P Dave Holland, drummer, ex Trapeze and Judas Priest. Aged 69.

22-01-2018 21:32
Wonderful recent interview with Gary Numan.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1982 Articles » Twisted Sister - 1982 Under The Blade
Twisted Sister - 1982 Under The Blade

ARTIST: Twisted Sister
ALBUM: Under The Blade
LABEL: Secret
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1999, Spitfire, 5024-2 * 2011, Armoury, ARMCD532 (bonus dvd)


LINEUP: Dee Snider - vocals * Eddie Ojeda - guitars * Jay Jay French - guitars * Mark Mendoza - bass * A.J Pero - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 What You Don't Know * 02 Bad Boys Of Rock And Roll * 03 Run For Your Life * 04 Sin After Sin * 05 Shoot Em Down * 06 Destroyer * 07 Under The Blade * 08 Tear It Loose * 09 I'll Never Grow Up, Now! * 10 Day Of The Rocker


It was a hard road that led to Twisted Sister's debut. Formed in the early to mid seventies the band gigged for years on the New York club circuit, becoming firm crowd favourites. A record deal proved elusive and the boys had to be content with an underground legend tag. Several singles were released independently and found massive interest in the U.K where the band turned their attention. Finally in 1982 TS were signed by the small Secret label who soon went bust. They drew attention through their riotous stage show which involved make up and various theatrics. The debut was produced by UFO's Pete Way who had co-formed Fastway by this point. 'Under The Blade' is an angry debut, punishing heavy metal on the level with Manowar's debut that same year. Anyone who thought the make up was girlish might want to check the boys out on the back cover decked out in street denim. Very intimidating!

The Songs
Twisted Sister had spent so many years touring they had perfected their stage repertoire for recording purposes. Like many bands the debut was their heaviest album, the music becoming watered down on following records. The style ranges from all out metal, 'What You Don't Know', 'Under The Blade' and 'Tear It Loose' to the more hard rock themed 'Shoot 'Em Down (with AC/DC riffing) and slower anthems like 'Day Of The Rocker'. Starting out with 'Run For Your Life' it's similar to early Judas Priest, 'Rocka Rolla' era, before gaining momentum and speed. 'Sin After Sin' has nothing to do with Priest, but is certainly in the same vein musically as them during the period. 'I'll Never Grow Up Now' and 'Bad Boys (Of Rock 'n' Roll)' are lighter in tone, almost happy rebellious anthems - harmless. They sound most at home on the savage title cut and the warp speed 'Tear It Loose', which admittedly make Iron Maiden circa 82 look tame. The riffs and overall attitude suggested a bright future. The line 'shoot them down with a fucking gun' would cause Dee Snider all kinds of trouble with the PMRC in 1985.

In Summary
Despite the rabid reaction of the British public, Secret went belly up, leaving the band in the cold again. After a performance on the TV show 'The Tube' in 1983, where the band removed the make up so the fans might take them seriously, they signed to Atlantic in Europe. The US was slow to catch on and 83's 'You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll' enjoyed more success in the U.K. Of course 84's 'Stay Hungry' went platinum courtesy 'We're Not Gonna Take It', but it all went downhill and the band split in 1987 after the almost AOR 'Love Is For Suckers'. A great band in their day, Twisted Sister never quite approached the mayhem suggested on 'Under The Blade' for future albums. A definitive metal classic.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | Eric on May 17 2007 22:10:17
My High School Student council tried to get these guys to play a gig in our student commons back in 1978, but it was denied by the School board. Instead we got The Good Rats who played a good gig, but... It was a big surprise to watch them become the stars they were back then, but to me they will always just be a New York bar band that borrowed heavily from the New York Dolls early on and became a wierdo pop metal band jumping on the 80's bandwagon with sub-par material. thumbs down
#2 | Eric on May 17 2007 22:36:34
By the way- my 'Media-Television' class taped the Good Rats gig from start to finish and my friends (who sat behind the cameras) and I watched it on a early VCR as big as a Kitchen table (!) at least twice. Notable that Joe Franco played drums that night on the groups 'Birth Comes To Us All' tour. Wish I had that tape...! Who knew???
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 09:56:24
Twisted Sister were excellent before they got signed to Atlantic. They quickly became a parody of themselves after that.
I remember that during the recording of this album the band very graciously invited Steve Hammonds and myself into the Maison Rouge studios in Fulham where they were finishing up the record with Pete Way. Steve and I were mere fanzine writers back then, but Dee and co were great hosts and even allowed us to listen to a couple of the finished tracks. The two Marquee shows they played soon after were fantastic events, worth attending as much for Snider's stage raps as the music.
#4 | englandashes on February 25 2017 23:41:50
The Tube appearance was one of my defining moments for me on terms of rock. I was totally hooked on Twisted Xxxxxxx Sister, in fact their version of It's Only Rock n Roll is my favourite cover version, it totally makes the original sound so wimpy. Last night on BBC repeated 1984 Top of the pops with I Am I'm Me, with Mark Mendoza smashing his bass on the mic stand, great times.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
Eisley, David Glen - 2000 Stranger From The Past, Moore, Gary - 1987 Wild Frontier, TRW - 2007 Rivers Of Paradise, Mason, Dave - 1977 Let It Flow, Alcatrazz - 1986 Dangerous Games, Wilk, Scott (And The Walls) - 1980 Scott Wilk And The Walls, Huey Lewis And The News - 1982 Picture This, McManus, Pat (Band) - 2011 Walking Through Shadows, Marino, Frank (and Mahogany Rush) - 1981 The Power Of Rock and Roll, Metallica - 1999 S&M, Shotgun Symphony - 1999 Sea Of Desire, Saxon - 2011 Call To Arms, Melodine - 2003 Out Of Your Hands, Face Dancer - 2003 Interview with Billy Trainor: Part 1, Beautiful Beast - 2014 Kick Down The Barricades
Rushing Wind Get Wet Honeymoon Suite Rock Candy Records Focus Bryan Adams Wounded Bird Nantucket Lillian Axe Harlequin (Canada) Larsen Feiten Band Wounded Bird Mars Miss Behaviour She And The Band Y and T Chris Francis Ten Angel Live Albums Maxx Explosion Roth Brock Project Terry Brock Jo Day Danny Wilde Hugo Supertramp Kimball Jamison Jimi Jamison Bobby Kimball Tangerine Dream Wounded Bird Drama Seven Lucifers Friend Michael Thompson Band Limousine (Holland) Keleven Ultravox
All Tags
Search DDG